Hexham Jazz Festival

A full weekend of the finest jazz performed in the unique surroundings of Hexham Abbey.

Hexham Jazz Festival 2022 brings together top musicians from around the country to perform in Hexham Abbey, which boasts some of the best acoustics in the region.

The festival offers a full weekend of concerts with profits being donated to research at Newcastle University's "Centre of Cancer". Food and drink will be available so come and make a weekend of it, in the heart of Northumberland. 

The Weekend Rover Ticket gains entry to all events across the Hexham Jazz Festival weekend

£35, £20 (student). Buy Weekend Rover tickets here or purchase individual tickets by following the links below

Full Programme:

Friday 13th May: Double Bill

£12.50 includes both performances on the Friday night

7.30pm Hot Club du Nord

You can expect fresh, inspired interpretations of the material as well as recreations of some of the delightful arrangements from the original recordings. A treat for connoisseurs of swinging, string jazz and lovers of all things vintage!

“For lovers of the classic Stephane Grappelli – Django Reinhardt approach. This is right up there amongst the best in the UK” Paul Bream, Jazz Alert.

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9.00pm Paul Edis and Graeme Wilson

An unconventional setting for a jazz gig, the duo revel in the chance to play with the incredible acoustics and atmosphere, summoning up the sounds of heaven and hell in a continuous improvised set.

“A performance of bravura free improvisation with a melodic basis….these are two of the finest improvisers in the North-East” Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal.

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Saturday 14th May 7.30pm

Jo Harrop

Described as a “velvet voiced” singer Jo is a rising star in the U.K. and Europe. She’s performed at venues across the capital, including the Royal Albert Hall, 606 Club,Pizza Express, the Hideaway and at festivals and clubs all over the UK. Headlining Scarborough Jazz Festival, Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival and performing at Sage Gateshead.

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Saturday 14th May 10.00pm

Dean Stockdale - in the Great Hall.

Dean Stockdale is recognised as one of the foremost exponents of straight ahead jazz piano. Drawing on influences from the American jazz tradition, he regularly performs across the UK performing at clubs and festivals year round. He has received features on Jazz FM and Straight Ahead in conjunction with the 606 Club.

“Stockdale’s playing is consistently engaging and uniformly excellent “ Ian Mann.

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Sunday 15th May: Double Bill

£12.50 includes both performances on the Sunday night

7.30pm James Kitchman with Bruno Heinen

Hexham born and raised guitarist James Kitchman teams up with the acclaimed pianist Bruno Heinen in a duo that has developed its own vocabulary in jazz. Expect a careful balance of original compositions and improvisations, with plenty of musical dialogue and playful energy.

“Demonstrating that originality doesn’t have to be complicated” The Observer (on Bruno Heinen).

“Huge amounts of style and panache “ BBC Radio 3 (on James Kitchman).

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9.00pm Abbie Finn Trio

They have been described as a masterclass in straight-ahead jazz by Russell Corbett for the Northern Echo after their performance at the 2019 Durham Jazz Festival. The trio have featured on BBC. Chris Philips, Jazz FM dubbed them “Exceptional British Jazz”

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Sunday 15th May through the afternoon in the bandstand or in the Great Hall  (if poor weather)

Youth and Community jazz performances in association with Core Music.

Free entry

Additional information

Please contact the Box Office (01434 652477) to book Wheelchair accessible seats. A handful of free of charge tickets are available for those requiring an Essential Companion.

A limited pre event meal will be available each evening, those with tickets will be contacted nearer the time to make reservations.

Those with Weekend Rover tickets will be issued with a concert pass on presentation of their ticket purchase.

A bar will be available for refreshments.

A 50p per ticket booking fee applies for tickets bought over the telephone or at the counter. No fee charged for online bookings.

The Festival is promoted with Hexham Community Partnership with funding from Egger and Hexham Town Council and in association with Hampstead Jazz Club

Price: Various

When: Friday, May 13, 2022 - 00:45 to Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 23:45

Where: Hexham Abbey

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